Pregnant women in Wales are to become the first in the UK to receive a non-invasive test for Down’s syndrome.
The Welsh Government said the NIPT test, available from Monday, is a safer and more accurate screening for Down’s, Edward’s and Patau’s syndromes.
It will be offered in addition to existing antenatal screening for women found to be at a higher chance of the three.
It is hoped it will cut the miscarriage risk – a factor of the current test.
What is NIPT?
- One in every 200 women loses their baby after an amniocentesis, in which the fluid around the developing foetus is tested for genetic disorders
- NIPT would instead test for fragments of foetal DNA, which reaches the mother’s blood via the placenta
- It is likely NIPT will only be offered to women who have already received a higher-chance result from a combined screening test, which is available on the NHS
- The test is currently available privately in Wales
Published at Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:28:26 +0000